Syria is for dummies

Armstrong Williams | 9/5/2013, 12:45 p.m. | Updated on 9/5/2013, 12:45 p.m.
President Barack Obama learned nothing from the war failures of President George W. Bush. In fact, he continues to make ...
Armstrong Williams

And now we have Syria. No one has verbalized our objective. Do we intend this raid to be humanitarian or simply punishment? Is success measured by the number of bombs dropped and missiles fired? What comes after?

In all honesty, neither side of the Syrian conflict benefits us. Hezbollah versus al Qaeda? Better to let them both kill each other on their own. America would most likely have been blamed and hated by some for not intervening. However, it is even worse to jump in now. We are guaranteed to decrease our standing in the region. We will shoot some missiles and call it a day, but once again, we have created an expectation. The rebels will keep calling for more. The rebels in other countries will demand our help all the more and know that any WMD accusation they can pin on the opposition is the ticket to American air strikes.

In some circles, they are whispering that we are telling Assad when and where we will strike, thus avoiding casualties. So the punishment for crossing a “red line” is that the U.S. will waste millions of dollars destroying non-essential targets so the bad guy learns his lesson and we can feel like we did something. That might be even more insulting. It is paramount to wink, wink, nudge, nudge diplomacy—we will pretend to punish you and hope you pretend to be chastised.

Stupid. Deranged. Cuckoo.

The definition of insane is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. Apparently being a Democrat or Republican does not matter. Our dear leaders continue to engage in foreign policies that blatantly risk American lives with no thought to the consequences of their actions.

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